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Sabtu, 23 Januari 2010

Giant Radio Telescope Collapses

National Radio Astronomy Observatory)

See miniature people below? This is truly a colossal structure:

The giant bearing (at the end of elevation axle):

Can you spot two workmen on a walkway?

This is where James Bond battled his opponent, balancing on wires:

See more images on this page. We also wrote once about another abandoned Ionospheric Research Staion. Time to bring these facilities back to life... especially since they refuse to come to total ruin and continue to haunt the landscape.

Strangest Shape for a Radio Telescope

This is "The Horn Antenna" at Bell Labs, Holmdel, New Jersey. It's where the cosmic microwave background radiation was discovered in 1965. Apparently such design worked really well for research purposes... truly looks like one giant ear, tuned to the Universe:

Maybe the "hostile aliens" are too freaked by its appearance to zap it... maybe they're consolidating their forces to strike against CERN's collider. Maybe these aliens are listening to all I type. I should stop now...

This was a case of "Humpty Dumpty", total structural failure

A giant radio telescope at Green Bank, West Virginia, collapsed into a "twisted mess" without any visible cause, or previous warning.

There was no wind, no covert landing of malicious aliens - on that night of November 15th, in 1988. During its normal operation (while studying gravitational lenses and distant galaxies), the scientific colossus suddenly folded up in a tangled heap around the control building... amazingly, according to this info, no scientist inside of it was hurt.

Before & after collapse:

One possible cause for this collapse is believed to be the sudden failure of a large gusset plate in the box girder assembly - a key structural element in antenna's support. The big science was thwarted (again) by a single piece of metal... as in a few other unfortunate cases we can recollect.

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